Labor secretary announces over $80M in funds for Ohio workers

      Secretary Solis visits Glasstech in Perrysburg Tuesday.

      U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made a stop in Perrysburg Tuesday where she announced the release of over $88 million in federal aid to help unemployed Ohio workers.

      The announcement comes Tuesday as Solis and other cabinet officials are touring Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The region has been hard hit by the loss of automotive and other manufacturing jobs.

      The unemployment insurance (UI) modernization incentive funds are available to the state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Workers are allowed to use their more recent earnings to qualify for benefits.

      "Ohio recognized the importance of having its UI program better meet the needs of the 21st century workforce long before the Recovery Act," said Solis. "Ohio uses recent wages when determining eligibility for benefits, which enables unemployed workers who are relatively new entrants to the workforce to receive the assistance they need and deserve."